October 2, 2020

Fill her up, sunny: affordable electric cars

It was one of those lightbulb moments. Ursula Hogben, founding member of Zero Emissions Sydney North (ZESN) was filling up her car at the local petrol station when, chatting to her kids, she said, ‘it’ll seem really strange to you in the future that we all put petrol in our cars and all drove around […]

September 26, 2020

Zooming with the Manly Food Co-op

A shout out to Manly Food Co-op, who are our special guests at the next Solar My House session on October 27th at 6.30pm. The Co-op is a bit of an inspiration for me. It has survived many challenges. In March 2020, for example, it adapted the entire business to socially-distanced and online shopping on […]

September 23, 2020

Zero Emissions at Mosman Market **UPDATE**

**STOP PRESS** **STOP PRESS** **STOP PRESS** **STOP PRESS** **STOP PRESS** Since publishing this post, we’ve been able to confirm three electric cars and four electric bicycles will be at our first stall at Mosman Arts and Crafts Market on Saturday October 3.  Come and see the Nissan Leaf and the Hyundai Kona (from 9.30am) and […]

September 13, 2020

5 things I learnt when I got solar panels

I am a shameless early adopter, first in the queue for the new gadgets. Back in 2011 I installed solar panels. I paid around $6,000 for a 5.5 kW system, 20 panels. The system has more than met my expectations. It’s easily paid for itself, and I love knowing that I’m producing my own power. […]

September 9, 2020

Reporting on… Mosman Council Climate Forum

Nearly 200 people joined Mosman Council’s online Climate Action Forum last night, where they listened to a stellar panel of guest speakers and government representatives discussing climate resilience. The panel included:  The Hon. Matt Kean MP, NSW Minister for Energy & Environment and Member for Hornsby Zali Steggall OAM MP, Federal Member for Warringah Felicity […]

September 6, 2020

Rooftop solar: any questions?

What rebates can I get on solar panels? How much does it cost to install rooftop solar? How do I choose a reputable company? Are batteries worth the money? And what’s with these Facebook ads for cheap deals? Bring all your questions to our free Solar My House webinar at 6.30pm on September 16, 2020. […]

August 23, 2020

Solar Open House Day: solar panels and batteries on display

Cool but sunny. A perfect day to show off two solar installations in Manly. Many thanks to generous householders John and Dof, who welcomed people to their homes and answered all the questions about batteries, solar panels, renewable energy and reducing your carbon emissions. How much did it cost to install solar panels? What do […]

August 20, 2020

Reporting on… Electric Vehicles (2)

Ursula recently attended a webinar hosted by RenewEnergy featuring two electric car — aka ‘electric vehicles’ or ‘EVs’ for short —  enthusiasts. Turns out EVs are good for towing, great for work, and light on maintenance. Read on… David Cann and Bryce Gaton answered questions at RenewEconomy’s EV webinar on 18 May 2020.  David Cann […]

August 16, 2020

Climate action hero

Tania Tan is a climate action leader. She wears many hats: marketing guru, technical whizz and small business owner. Her ambition is to leave this world in a better shape for her kids. Volunteering with Zero Emissions Sydney North is just one of the ways she is pursuing that ambition. “We got solar panels about […]

Hermione: an electric car story

My first car was an electric blue Citroen Dyane. I called her Hermione. She had a 602cc engine and, with a following wind, could almost get up to the speed limit on the motorway. She sipped petrol but struggled with hills. Hermione went to the great scrapyard in the sky many years ago and now, […]